August 14, 2018

Baby Products You Can Trust

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TrustInGentle #ChooseGentle #CollectiveBias

Many of you know that Bella spent time in NICU after arriving in to the world, which was very scary. The nurses were all so friendly and helpful in this crazy environment and it was even more reassuring to see that the hospital used products we could trust. 

My parents used JOHNSON’S® back when I was born, so it's definitely a product that has been around. JOHNSON'S® is “The Brand You Trust, Now More Gentle Than Ever”. This has proved to be true since it was the hospital's first choice for all babies! I love JOHNSON'S® products because they are 100% gentle, and free of parabens and phthalates and has 50% fewer ingredients. 
The great thing about JOHNSON'S® is that you can get it at your local Walgreen's any time of day, they're all about accessibility and convenience which is a big win for parents. Walgreens has been trusted since 1901 and the staff always makes it a pleasant shopping experience. They care for your needs, and it's always a place I know I can stop when I need the last minute necessity. For these reason's it's become a go to place for our entire family. During our recent trip to Walgreen's the employees went out of their way to interact with Bella, which was so sweet and much appreciated! I love that I can depend on the staff to help me find things when I'm aimlessly roaming the aisles trying to get what I need with a busy baby- they always help me out.

Bella loves splashing around in the tub, and it makes me so happy to watch her enjoy bath time. JOHNSON'S® is specifically designed superior care for newborns skin and is new and improved, inside and out. To know that it's the #1 choice of Hospitals, now more gentler than ever- makes me feel great in my decision to use it in our home. JOHNSON'S® Baby Shampoo was used on me as a child, and it's so wonderful to know that it's still around to use on my own daughter. I usually start bath time by letting Bella play for a few minutes, and then we start our routine with washing her body first. I like to get her to to calm down and relax for a bit, so the JOHNSON'S® Soothing Vapor Bath is perfect for this. I wash her up, and then was her hair and let her play a while longer. I let her get all her energy out, so then we can wind down and get ready for bed once she's out of the tub.
After bath time she gets bundled up in her robe while I use JOHNSON'S® Newborn Face & Body Lotion. I love this because it absorbs fast, and is incredibly soft on her skin. 
Bathtime is a part of our day I love the most, it's a bonding time and I love enjoying those sweet snuggles before bed. I'm so thankful that Walgreen's is a trusted retailer and JOHNSON'S® is a trusted brand- I can rely on both of them at any time, day or night. I know that while these products have been around for a long time, they are always evolving just like us Mom's and the ingredients are safe while staying true to the brand we know and trust.

Right now (7/29-8/25) you can save at Walgreen's with your Balance Rewards card- buy 1 get 1 50% off. Take advantage and check out this great offer hereTo learn more, you can visit JOHNSON'S® and Walgreens on Instagram!

Thank you so much for reading, and supporting the brands that I work with on Dream Big and Buy the Shoes. Hope you're having a wonderful week!

August 13, 2018

This Stage of Life

...It's sticky hands, messy kitchens, late nights on the computer, quick kisses goodbye in the morning, an "I love you" as you lay them down to sleep, an unbalanced dinner just to spend time together....
Celebrating my birthday this year with an extra person in our family was really special. Chuck and I were talking a few weeks ago about how right now, in these moments....we have everything we have always wanted. I keep holding on to that sentiment because it's so true and wonderful.

Life is busy, but it's a good busy. I'm chasing a baby around. A baby that came in to this world 6 weeks early at 4 pounds and is now growing, crawling and thriving. We're getting Ethan ready for high did that happen?! Again, another awesome milestone that is keeping us busy.

While this stage of life does have me working more than a few months ago, it's good to feel motivated by my career. It gives me another purpose and my family drives me to succeed. I dread taking these tests that I have to and feel like I am back in college, but I am super grateful for the opportunity I have been given and a wonderful, inclusive work environment.

Sometimes I feel that I see Chuck for a mere 20 minutes while we eat dinner and the other time is spent catching up on things, tending to things around the house or running an errand but the time we spend before we fall asleep for the night talking about the future or our grand plans is one of the best parts of my day.

This stage of life doesn't have a lot of free time to just sit and think, but the moments I do are filled with smiles and usually my tears welling up with pure happiness. Life is good. There's a lot of changes. Puberty for one child. Developments for another. Pressure to perform at work. Balancing my attempts to be the best Mother I can, because I know that if I can do that the rest will fall in to place. It's a lot, but it's GOOD. 

I just want to remind you that every stage of life is different. Your stage of self doubt or success in your career will probably look different than your best friend's, but that's OKAY. This stage of life is a stepping stone and time spent learning something more than you knew yesterday. This stage of life is yours- own it.

Happy Monday-I hope this week is full of great things for you! XO!
August 8, 2018

Recent Amazon Purchases

How's everyone week going? I can't believe August is just flying by. I thought today, since my purchasing is at an all-time high (what would we do without you, Amazon Prime?!!)...I would share some recent Amazon purchases I am loving!

Baby Mum Mum Rice Biscuits- I had a few friends recommend these while Bella got used to puffs and they were great in helping her get used to holding things on her own while feeding.

Christmas Tree Storage Bag- Ever see my house at the holidays? Then you know multiple bags is necessary. This holds our biggest tree that I purchased last year and waited too long to get a bag for. ;)

Blue Lizard Sunscreen- This comes highly recommended for babies, and we also use it for Ethan since he's got pretty sensitive skin. Sunscreen before a certain age for babies isn't recommended, but if you need to use some I definitely suggest this.

Flax Chia Blend- Used to make my protein bites...which are great when I have a craving for chocolate or sweets, they satisfy that. I like that this bag has both so it's less ingredients to store in the pantry.

Back and Neck Massager with Heat- Usually I'm good with gift giving but I felt kind of stumped this year for Father's Day for Chuck. I wanted to give him something he could get good use of and came across this. He uses it every single day and loves it, such a good buy!

Avent Transition Sippy Cup- We've been working on Bella using a sippy cup. Sometimes she will hold one handle of it and drink, or she has me do it. Other times she throws the cup across the room LOL, but this is a nice small cup with handles that will hopefully help her get the hang of things.

Organic Castor Oil- I've been using this for about a month and the results are amazing. Keeping my lashes nice and long!

Massaging Baby Teether- After a group text begging for teething help to some friends, this was suggested. I crack up when I see her with an ear of corn in her mouth, but it soothes her- so it works!

Women's T-Shirt Dress-This is one of the comfiest dresses I now own, and it's such a cute t-shirt style. I got it on Prime Day for $9, but it's only $18 full price...a steal!

Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center- Bella is still in the stage of throwing things, so I needed something to keep her occupied when in a high chair while we're out or when in her stroller. This is the best $7 I've ever spent and may just purchase another one to have around.

Any favorites that you have purchased recently? I'm all about a great Amazon deal! Hope your week is going great...I'm taking Friday's off from blogging until next month, so I'll see you Monday. Enjoy your weekend, xo!